The Problem


“Trash”
/traSH/
noun
1. NORTH AMERICAN
discarded matter; refuse.
synonyms: garbage, refuse, waste, litter, junk, debris, detritus, rubbish

In the majority of the world, including North America, we do one of two things with our common Trash : Burn it with incineration or bury it at landfill. Neither one of the them is beneficial for us or for nature. Consuming trash in incinerators discharges hazardous gasses and particulate which add to a dangerous atmospheric deviation. It contaminates lakes, woods, seas and urban areas including a large portion far from where they located. Most incinerators in industrialized nations now evacuate expansive amounts of particles and toxins, along these lines guaranteeing cleaner air however still causing pollution. In any case, the greater part of what we expel winds up in a landfill.

A significantly higher extent of rubbish in North America is sent to landfills than to incinerators.

Covering trash additionally causes both air and water contamination, and essentially transporting it to the destinations devours an expanding measure of important petroleum products, which creates more contamination and different issues.

Covered in a landfill, Trash and the ordinary plastic junk sacks take up to 1,000 years to debase, emitting poisons as it does.

Lets review both of these methods and how they stack up.


Landfills

Landfills fill America. Currently their is Approx. 3,000 Active landfills and over 10,000 Inactive in the USA alone according to the Environmental Protection Agency found here. Landfills are highly unsustainable, requiring new landfills as they reach capacities and have been scientifically proven to be environmentally negative with no clear way out until now.

Key Points

  • Only about 1/10th of all solid garbage in the U.S. gets recycled leaving a large portion left for landfill.
  • Since 1960, America has tripled the amount of waste we generate and according to the world bank by 2100 global waste will triple.
  • In March, 2000 it was reported that 82% of surveyed landfill cells had leaks.
  • 18% of the USA’s Methane comes from landfills which is 25 times worse for the atmosphere than Co2.
  • Landfills continue to emit air pollution for many years after the lastwaste is deposited.

Incineration

Incineration is where you essentially burn the trash. Only 11.7% of U.S. trash in the U.S. is incinerated. The rest is recycled, composted or landfilled.
Incineration is a dirty word, and industry knows it, so they use other terms to make it sound good, like resource recovery, trash to-steam, waste-to-energy and energy from waste. All of these terms are untruthful and misleading.

Key Points

  • U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2010 and 2013 show that trash incinerators are, by far, the most expensive way to make energy. Even though trash incinerators get paid to take their fuel, they’re the most expensive to build and most expensive to operate and maintain– even worse than nuclear and biomass.
  • Emissions from incinerators can include heavy metals, dioxins and furans which are known to be harmful.
  • It still creates ashe waste products that are unusable and create pollution.

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TRASH in general

Now that we have covered some f the ways trash is managed lets talk about Trash… USA produces alot of it… Based on 2014 data; about 254,000,000 tons per year. This in turn creates
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Highlights

  • 4.4 pounds: The amount of trash generated daily, on average, by every American.
  • The amount of waste generated has tripled since 1960.
  • Trash or the MSW rates are increasing annually as population growth rates increase.
WE HAVE A HUGE TRASH PROBLEM and We cannot keep incinerating it or landfiling it

Conclusion

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In the United States the ways of handling our trash costs the ratepayers of the state and the cities around $50 to $75 per ton to proccess and still in most cases whether its landfill or incineration leaves great risks and costs; environmentally, economically, as well as human health risk which if we continue to do will only cost us and the planet.

For us to continue in this country with we have to look at trash in a different way, that gets to the root of the problem and finally solves it once and for all.

We at Trash Zero have done just that.